Ever since I can remember, I’ve spent a ridiculous amount of time and brain space working through different issues that could have been solved easily by just asking for help. Challenges are good, but when delegatory tasks take up precious CEO hours- it’s not a financially smart move.
I was recently working on a project for my business that was taking me 4-EVER. I was creating a one minute quarterly tax calculator to promote on social media. While the idea was great and my logic was there, it involved complex excel formulas, design (which I suck at), and thinking about the user-experience.
Let me be honest with you…. I am great with numbers, but excel formulas make me want to hide in my bedroom with a pint of Rebel ice cream! Plus, I am so busy being CEO of my business, it was frustrating thinking about how I just spent 4 hours moving things around in a spreadsheet so it would look pretty.
So, I did what I hardly ever do, I asked for help. I reached out to my social media manager, team accountant, and excel wiz friend to take a look at the calculator, give me feedback, and help me make it work.
Within an hour, the calculator was stunning and the formulas were killin it! This would have taken me another two days or more to complete. Knowing me, there was a good chance the whole task would have been tossed to the back burner. If someone could tackle all the things I have put on the back burner over the last decade of being my own boss, we’d all be millionaires! Anyone feel me?
What does this mean for us entrepreneurs and business owners?
If we just ask for help, especially with things that aren’t in our wheelhouse or zone of genius, then our endless list of goals and ideas will flourish instead of being balled up on the sheet of paper sitting at the bottom of the office trash bin. Our success and growth depend on asking for help!
Getting help does not mean the idea or project is any less yours. Delegating is not a sign of weakness. In fact, it’s the complete opposite. It shows that you want to make things happen faster and smarter so that you can focus on the tasks that will grow your business and your bottom line.
Let’s all hop on the change train and start raising our hands when we need help or advice.
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